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Many dyslexic children are unable accurately to control the movements of their eyes even when they are not trying to read. This immaturity helps to explain their visual confusions. It may result from failure to develop dependable associations between retinal and ocular motor signals these are essential to fix the true, as opposed to retinotopic, locations of objects in the outside world. We have used a new test to study retinal/ocular motor correspondence in dyslexic children and age/IQ matched normal readers. Over half the dyslexics showed unstable ocular motor dominance.

Original publication




Journal article


Br J Ophthalmol

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332 - 336


Child, Dominance, Cerebral, Double-Blind Method, Dyslexia, Eye Movements, Female, Humans, Male, Oculomotor Nerve, Orthoptics, Retina